Reamping is a studio recording technique that involves taking a recorded audio track (usually guitar or bass) and playing it back through a guitar amplifier, then capturing the results by recording the output of the amp to a new track. Since devices like audio interfaces aren’t designed to be connected directly to guitar pedals or amplifiers, a Reamp® box is required in order to convert the signal strength and impedance in order to maintain the integrity of your audio signal and give you the best possible sound quality. For an in depth intro to Reamping, check out our Reamp® Basics page.
Here is a look at two excellent entry-level Reampers that are perfect for anyone who is just getting started with using Reamping in their studio.
The Radial ProRMP is a compact passive Reamper, meaning it doesn’t require any power to operate. It uses a transformer to manage the audio conversion, which also helps greatly reduce the chance of running into hum and buzz from ground loops when connecting your amp to the output of your recording interface. A ground lift helps further reduce ground loop noise, and an adjustable level control allows you to dial in the right amount of signal for your amp. The ProRMP is also popular for a unique application on stage – improving the sound of wireless guitar systems. Wireless receivers can have a harsh effect on the tone when connecting their output to pedalboards and amplifiers, but connecting the ProRMP between these devices helps correct for impedance and level mismatches and improves the sound quality immediately.
The Reamp® HP takes a different tactic than most Reampers do in terms of the sound source. Typically, a Reamp® device connects to a balanced line-level output on an audio interface or a console, but these outputs can be in short supply if you use a smaller interface in your studio. Many devices will just have two balanced outputs, and these will likely be connected to a pair of studio monitors. Instead of having to unplug one of your monitors every time you have the inspiration to Reamp®, you can instead reach for the Reamp® HP. This Reamper is designed to connect to the headphone output on your interface, so you don’t have to repatch any equipment to get started. You can use 1⁄4” or 3.5mm mini headphone jacks, depending on what’s available, and it even allows you to Reamp® using a smartphone or tablet as your audio source.